The State Council for the Environment agrees to the initiative
Solar obligation for new buildings from 2024
The energy crisis is fueling the energy transition. The State Council Environment Commission advocates a requirement for solar systems in new buildings. This should apply from 2024.
From 2024, a solar system will be mandatory on all new buildings.
The Environment Commission of the Council of States wants to make progress in the expansion of solar energy in view of the impending shortage of electricity. From January 1, 2024, all new buildings will also have to be equipped with a solar system, as the commission announced on Monday.
Planning applications submitted before this date are not affected by this obligation. The cantons should be able to issue exceptions to this obligation under certain conditions.
But the result was close: the commission made the decision with six to six votes and the casting vote of President Elisabeth Baume-Schneider (58, JU). A minority opposes such an obligation.
“We Greens welcome the solar offensive decided by the Environment Commission of the Council of States, which includes a solar obligation for new buildings,” tweeted the green faction. The advance goes back to the green Thurgau National Councilor Kurt Egger (66).
Enable open space solar systems
The commission decided unanimously to create a legal basis for the rapid realization of open-space solar systems. This applies to systems with a high proportion of winter electricity production, which is particularly conceivable in alpine terrain.
For such systems with an annual production of more than 20 gigawatt hours (GWh), the law should apply that their demand is identified, they are site-specific and no planning or environmental impact assessment obligation applies to them. In addition, the interest in their realization should take precedence over other interests of national and cantonal importance. According to the notification, the consent of the landowners and local communities is required. The federal government also supports these systems with an investment contribution.
In addition, it was unanimously decided to use suitable surfaces of federal infrastructure systems in the best possible way for the use of solar energy. The applications will be dealt with by the Council of States in the autumn session. (SDA/rus)